LAKELAND, FL. -- On June 9, Florida Citrus Mutual's board of directors held
its 56th Annual Meeting in Lakeland. Marty McKenna of Sebring, McKenna &
Associates Citrus, Inc., was elected president of the association.
Vice-presidents elected for the 2004-05 season are: Steve Sorrells of
Arcadia representing the western area; Philip C. Gates, Jr., of Fort
Pierce, representing the eastern area; Squire Smith of Winter Haven
representing the northern area; and Ronnie Oakley, Jr. of Alva representing
the southern area. J.A. "Jay" Clark, III of Wauchula was re-elected as
secretary and Dennis Broadaway of Haines City was elected as
The board of directors re-elected Andrew W. LaVigne as executive vice
president/CEO, Jewel Letchworth as assistant secretary and Kevin Metheny as
assistant treasurer. Mutual's members elected the 21-member board of
directors on May 13, 2004. Each director serves a one-year term, with a
term limit of two years for the president.
Other members of the board include: Bob Barthle of San Antonio; Robert E.
Battaglia of Winter Park; Fran Becker of Arcadia; Raymond "Bo" Bentley of
Winter Haven; David Evans of Oviedo; Richard "Ric" Freeman of Winter
Garden; J. Emmett Evans, III of Vero Beach; P. Louis Haverlock of Balm;
Jack Nelson of Umatilla; J. Brantley Schirard, Jr. of Fort Pierce; Steve
Smith of LaBelle; Trey Smith of Vero Beach; Wade Timpner of LaBelle; and
Travis Wise of Sebring. Florida Citrus Mutual, founded in 1948, is the
state's largest citrus grower's organization with more than 11,000 members.